Dear Reader,

I received a wonderful surprise in my e-mail inbox this morning. A comment from someone who found my blog while searching for information about nobility in womanhood and joy in motherhood. This dear reader reminded me why I started Women As Mothers in the first place. This website was founded because of my desire to reach out to women in the world who have similar views of motherhood and womanhood. I believe that I had lost sight of that along the way. I had forgotten that I was sharing my journey, and I had felt I wasn’t reaching anyone anymore anyway. Now I know differently.

I have been through much in this last year. I have learned many things and I am learning much, and I believe, thanks to this dear reader, that it is time to share the things I am learning again. It is time to bring others on my journey again.

You may feel a different tone in my writing, I will be putting more of a focus on being a wife in addition to being a mother. I am learning much about what it means to be a wife right now. What I wish I had done differently in the past twelve years of marriage, and what I will do differently for the future.

Thank you dear reader. Thank you for reminding me that I love writing, and why I began in the first place! Stay tuned. I am writing again.


Seven from Heaven

I just wanted to write an update on here in case anyone is still reading. The birth of my seventh went well, but it was extremely painful. The most painful I have ever experienced. To get a more detailed story visit my other blog at www.texasmuse.com.

Having seven children, being really active in my church and homeschooling keeps me really busy. I am enjoying this however and have learned that I can do hard and difficult things. It is a good feeling to know that I can have a pile of things to do and not much time and with the Lord multiplying my efforts, I can accomplish them all. “With God all things are possible.” I know this to be true.


It’s Been Too Long!

If anyone is still reading this blog I think it has been since April that I wrote last. I guess that I am in a learning curve right now, and I will hopefully get to the sharing part of that curve some time.

I did have one bit of insight that I wanted to share. I was thinking about children and how differ. Since I am at the end of my pregnancy I have had that thought on my mind even more. The diversity that I have within my family is astounding. All of my children are so unique and I can’t really compare them to each other because of that fact. I used to believe when I only had one child that if a child was difficult it was the fault of the parent. I have been disabused of that notion. I have learned that a child can be really difficult and it is just the child’s personality. I have also learned that sometimes it can be a stage the child is going through and that it is temporary.

Anyway, that is my tidbit for today. Being unique is a gift from God. He created us that way and it doesn’t make you a bad mother if you have a unique or difficult child. That child probably has an important mission to fulfill in this life and you were the only one who could help that child prepare for that mission.

Thanks for reading!


Apparently You Are Still Reading!

Last night my husband showed me how to view the statistics on my site and I discovered that there are quite a few people reading my blog. Wow! Thank you for reading even though my writings are few and far between.

If you have never commented on my site before, here is your chance! Please comment and introduce yourself! I would love to meet you and know what you think of my site or anything else you want to share.

I started this website as an outlet for me to talk about motherhood, but I wanted this website so that I could connect with other mothers who value motherhood like I do. If you have any questions, comments or experiences about being a mother, please feel free to share. Or if you are a dad who would like to comment, please feel free! My husband is very involved in the rearing of our children and we are in it together. Dads, if you have an experience please feel free to share!

If you have commented before please comment again! If you are a friend or family member, please join in, I always love to hear from you too!

Sometimes it is hard for me to figure out what to write, is there anything you are interested in knowing about me? If you have a question about parenting and would like to hear from anyone reading my site as to what their advice would be, e-mail me a question and I will post it up so anyone who wants to comment or help out can!

Thank you again for reading!


And Then There Were Seven

I was very surprised but excited to find that I am expecting my seventh child! Thankfully my morning sickness hasn’t been as bad as I have had with some of my other children. Although I still feel pretty icky.
I know that morning sickness is a good sign that things are developing healthily inside, and that is a nice assurance. I don’t have morning sickness though, I have all day and night sickness. I have tried every remedy that people have thrown at me, I even tried taking a prescription anti-nausea pill. Nothing helps, I just have to endure through this. Four more weeks and I should be feeling much better. Hopefully!

I am a bit nervous about having another little one. My post-partum depression after Hannah was so severe. I don’t think that will be the case this time since it has been a while since I have been pregnant, but I will be watching for signs.

Again, posting will probably be few and far between, but those of you who check up on my site regularly already know that is how I post. Thanks for reading!


Moving Adjustments

As I am sure you can imagine, moving is a big adjustment. Especially for children. So far, my children seem to be adjusting pretty well. Texas is a wonderful place and we are very happy here. The children have struggled with missing friends thus they are on the phone with them almost weekly. Other than that we have all been adjusting pretty well.

Christmas without snow was a new one for me, I survived however. I am enjoying the weather now, and I am enjoying not having to deal with all of the winter colds and such.

All in all we are adjusting well to our new environment and we are now trying to get into more of a normal routine. I will keep you posted!


Thanksgiving and Texas

Well, I made it! I cannot believe the amazing journey it was to get here. I am still frankly dazed and stunned at how quickly and smoothly it all went. I had an outpouring of love and support that was unprecedented. I feel so inadequate as to describe all the service that went into getting us to Texas. God has blessed us so much with wonderful family and friends. My children and I arrived at our new home two days before Thanksgiving.

My dearest friend Leena drove with us all the way to Texas from Utah. We could not have made it here as easily as we did without her. She drove the entire time, while I helped the children to survive the long drive. She says she got the easy job, but I know it was not easy for her to leave her beautiful family for a week and a half and work from morning until evening every day trying to help me get the house set up. Thank you Leena, Adam, Jaron, Natasha, Daniel, Andrew, Paxton, Batya, and Rebeccah.

Thank you to all of you that sacrificed so much to get my family here. Thank you Adam and Brian for packing the moving van, everything got through just fine! You are awesome! Thank you Maria & Russell, Aubria, Dad, Tara & Brian, Matthew, Tim, Heather, Daniel, Andrew, Paxton, Jaron, Adam, Leena, Mom & Dad, Jessica, Heather & Matt, Mom(Debbie), Dad(Keith), Suzy, Natalie, Josh, Jacob, Natasha, Natasha’s friend, Aunt Peggy & Uncle Brian, Laura, Robert & Cheryl, Regina, Karen, Andy, LaDawn, Tiffany, and April who helped pack boxes, load boxes, bring meals, watch children, clean, and were a shoulder to cry on and a big hug. Thank you to all of you who kept us in your prayers and thoughts.

Thank you seems so inadequate and such a simple thing to say after the great love and service I received. Many of you took several days off of work and/or school. All of you sacrificed other things that needed to be done in your own lives to do something for me. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I cannot thank you enough. I pray your service will be returned to you in a time of need ten fold. Thank you!

We were invited by a member of our new Taylor ward to Thanksgiving dinner. Wow, thank you Erin and Joey! I am so thankful that I didn’t have to eat at a restaurant for Thanksgiving. With all of the unpacking and organizing of a new home I haven’t had much time for reflection, but tonight I have a little while. The children are sleeping, and Aaron is working late. I wanted to take a moment and record some of the things I am grateful for.

As I was catching up on e-mail and reading the updates on all of the family blog sites. I saw a common thread among them to which I would like to add my own. In my husbands family they have a tradition that we have continued in our own family. Every Thanksgiving before we partake of the food, we are given three candy corns. Each of the corns represents something we are grateful for. We then go around the table and express to the family the three things we are grateful for and there is not usually a dry eye in the house by the end. All of the other siblings have continued this tradition in their own families and have recorded their three corns in their blogs as well. I too would like to express my gratitude belated though it may be.

The first kernel of gratitude for me is gratitude for a Heavenly Father, who loves me so much. I am grateful for His spirit which guides me everyday. Especially I am grateful this year for all that he has guided and helped me through. From braking my leg to moving across the country and everything in between, I could not have made it through any of this without Gods loving hand guiding me every step of the way. I am grateful that he helps my weaknesses become strengths.

The second kernel of gratitude is family. My dearest husband and best friend who helps me through thick and thin. Aaron had to go through losing me for three month while I recovered from my massive ankle injury. He helped me bathe, eat, sleep and every other function during that difficult time in my life. He was so loving and understanding. When put into perspective, moving the family without him was maybe a way I could help him in a similar way he helped me. I am grateful that he is happier than I have seen him in a long time and it was so worth moving here to have him happy again! I am grateful for my dearest children who have been so brave and trusting to go on this adventure to Texas with their Mom and Dad. They have all worked so hard to help and be loving to each other. What a great blessing they are to me. I am also grateful for extended family. My parents who took in my children for ten days so that Aaron and I could find a home in Texas, to Aaron’s parents who did what they could to help us with our move. I am thankful for their moral support as well. I am grateful to have goodly parents. I am thankful for brothers and sisters, and the great examples I have of love and strength from my siblings and Aaron’s. That includes in-law siblings too!

My third kernel of gratitude is for friendship. The friends to which I refer are family to me. I am grateful that God gives us family, and that he gives us family by choice. Thank you my dear family by choice! I am grateful for the love and sacrifice of my dear friends who make me feel more loved then I know what to do with. Thank you for touching my life forever! I am so grateful for the amazing gifts you have given me like, crying on my shoulder and guitar strings. I am a better person because you are my friends.

There are so many blessings and gifts that I have been given this year that are to numerous to describe on one blog entry. I attempted to name the most important. Thank you for reading! Happy Belated Thanksgiving and if I don’t get a chance to write again before then, Merry Christmas too!


Texas!

I am moving to Texas! My husband got a job offer from a company in Austin and we decided to take the job!

There have been so many miracles already as we have been preparing to move. For intstance our house is already under contract and all of the projects we need to finish are done. Wow!

Anyway, I am letting you know that if you don’t hear from me for a while it is because I will be extremely busy packing and moving! As I am sure you can guess that is a gigantic job when you have a large family. I look forward to posting more about our move!


Photography

As a mother and a home schooler I am always on the look out for educational opportunities and experiences for my children. As I have to study to be able to help them in their learning, I also gain new knowledge and insight. Most of the time and energy I have in my life is devoted to my family.

Six months ago I went to a Women’s Conference at BYU. I learned many things at that conference, but one of the main messages that I gleaned for my own personal growth was that in order to be a good wife and mother, I needed to take time for myself. Tonight I am taking my first photography class. I feel this is the first step towards me bettering myself and developing my own talents. I have always had an interest in photography. Learing about the things I am interested in and developing my talents is the best way for me to take time for myself.

I am a bit intimidated because I have no real experience in photograpy other than the shots I take of my family. At least I won’t be doing it alone. I am excited that I get to take this class with my sister-in-law Heather!

I will post some of my pictures if they turn out well! I hope they do!


Miracles in Motherhood

I wanted to write down an experience I had recently. It was a miracle to me.

I had taken the children to visit my mother in Nevada last week. I wound up staying a few more days than I had planned, and I needed to wash some clothes for the children and me. Well, as it turned out there was a piece of gum left in the pocket of one of the pairs of pants I was washing. As I was pulling the laundry out of the dryer I noticed that the entire drum of the dryer was streaked with gum. My heart sank as I was absolutely sure the clothes has been ruined. I quickly started to fold the clothes, scanning them closely to see what the damage would be. As it turned out, not one article of clothing had gum on it. As you can imagine, trying to keep six children outfitted is expensive! What a relief that was! Even the pair of jeans that had the gum in the pocket came out unscathed. I was amazed! God knew we did not have the means to replace all that the dryer contained. Thus this was a miracle to me.

Later that evening as I was cleaning the dryer drum to get the gum off, I noticed that under one of the paddles was the majority of the gum. I shed tears of gratitude.

Motherhood is made up of these small miracles. I hope I appreciate them as they come.




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